Test Disk: Free open source Data recovery software

by on March 30, 2009

TestDisk is a free open source data recovery software which works at a very low level to detect and recover deleted/formatted data from a drive or partition which has been severely damaged or formatted. TestDisk also helps in recovering partition tables of a partition.

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TestDisk can

  • Fix partition table, recover deleted partition
  • Recover FAT32 boot sector from its backup
  • Rebuild FAT12/FAT16/FAT32 boot sector
  • Fix FAT tables
  • Rebuild NTFS boot sector
  • Recover NTFS boot sector from its backup
  • Fix MFT using MFT mirror
  • Locate ext2/ext3 Backup SuperBlock
  • Undelete files from FAT, NTFS and ext2 filesystem
  • Copy files from deleted FAT, NTFS and ext2/ext3 partitions.

TestDisk works on a host of operating systems ranging from DOS (either real or in a Windows 9x DOS-box), Windows (NT4, 2000, XP, 2003, Vista), Linux, FreeBSD, NetBSD, OpenBSD, SunOS and MacOS and file systems like BeFS ( BeOS ), Linux ext2 and ext3, Mac partition map, Novell Storage Services NSS, NTFS ( Windows NT/2000/XP/2003/Vista/2008 ), Sun Solaris i386 disklabel, Unix File System UFS and UFS2 (Sun/BSD/…), XFS, SGI’s Journaled File System and more.

On top of this Testdisk may also help in recovering of data from potentially bad sector of a drive, from hard disk image file as well as scratched CDs and fast blanketed CDRWs.

TestDisk comes bundled with PhotoRec which also helps in recovery of lost data but is specifically targeted to video, documents and photo files, so is the name Photorec. Photorec works brilliantly with the Digital Camera flash cards and memories.

TestDisk/PhotoRec source files and precompiled binary executables are available for DOS, Win32, MacOSX and Linux from the download page

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